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Roller Shades

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If you want a practical shade that still looks sleek and stylish, roller shades are an excellent option. This lovely type of window treatment has a flat panel that winds around a roller. You can raise the shade to let in more light or pull it down to give you privacy. Typically, roller shades use fabric for the shade. However, some styles will use vinyl or other synthetic materials that help block more light.

Roller blinds are a versatile style that works well in a variety of situations. They come in multiple sizes and look great on both small and large windows. The wide range of colors, patterns, and textures make it easy to pick a shade that coordinates with your décor. Thanks to their streamlined look, roller blinds are even easy to layer with things like curtains or drapes.

Reasons to Love Roller Shades

In addition to their great looks, these shades come with some other perks as well.

  • Easy-to-Clean: Getting grime and stains off of a roller shade is quite simple, especially if you select a vinyl shade. This makes roller blinds ideal for high-traffic areas.
  • Low Profile: Since a roller shade is so compact when you raise it, it won't distract from your view.
  • Customizable Light Control: These shades come with a variety of light control levels. Depending on your needs, you can select a blackout shade or a sheer shade.
  • Resistant to Moisture: If you need to cover windows in a bathroom or kitchen, these are a great choice. A moisture-resistant roller shade won't warp or discolor in a humid spot.
  • Affordable: As long as you choose a more budget-friendly material, roller blinds are very affordable. However, if you want extra luxury, you always have the option of ordering more elegant fabrics.

Ways to Upgrade Roller Blinds

If you want some extra style or functionality, try adding these features to your roller blinds.

  • Valances and Cornices: These toppers help to cover all the roller hardware, so they create a more streamlined look. Some valance and cornice designs are a little more elaborate, so they can also provide you with extra style.
  • Cordless Lift: This method of adjusting your shades lets you gently pull on the bottom rail to raise or lower your shades. It gets rid of any tangled cords, and it's safer for pets and children.
  • Reverse Roll: A reverse roll switches the direction the fabric hangs, so it wraps around the front of the roll. A reverse roll doesn't add as much privacy, but it creates a cleaner look.
  • Light Blocker: You can add these strips along the side of the roller to eliminate any gaps. They ensure privacy and total light blockage.
  • Motorization: Motorized shades raise or lower with the press of a button. It's great for when you want to adjust your shades without walking around the house.

Considerations When Purchasing Roller Shades

Roller blinds do come with a few unique considerations. Before selecting a shade, there are a few things you need to know.

  • Some light-filtering fabrics will still display faint silhouettes to outside viewers. If this is a concern, you may want a thicker fabric.
  • When ordering shades with patterns, pay close attention to scale. Tiny patterns can look a little busy on larger shades.
  • The shade itself is fairly slim, but the roll can be a little thicker. Some shallow windows may only work with an outside mount.

Your Guide to Measuring and Installing Roller Shades

To get the best possible results, you'll need to carefully measure your windows before ordering. Check the roller shades product description to see how to measure your window and find the right mounting depth. Once you order your roller blinds, you have a few different product installation options. If you're feeling handy, you can install the shades yourself. All you have to do is follow the easy instruction guide we provide with your purchase.

If you have any questions about measuring and installing a roller shade, remember that our team is here to help. You can call 800-575-8016 to get measuring and ordering advice from the design consultants at American Blinds. In no time at all, you can be enjoying the gorgeous style of roller shades in your own home.